Make a Photo Album Out of an Altoid Tin – Part 3

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Expert crafter Christina Crawford demonstrates how to create the panels for your Altoid tin photo album.

    Christina Crawford

    With over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!

    Christina Crawford: Now, you are ready to create the panels for the inside of your Altoids tin scrapbook. So, what I recommend is to go on the internet and you can go Google search or Yahoo search, use your search engine and come up with a bunch of quotes that you like. In this case I found several friendship quotes and I went ahead and made sure that they are about two inches by two and a half inches and I print them out on a piece of cardstock.

    The next step would be to cut those out and to layer them on some small paper which will be in our panel and just like the letter F, I went ahead and I did that and I also sponged it onto the inkpad and I put them on the smaller pieces of red. And I'll show you what we are going to do with that in a moment. But, for the inside of the tin, I wanted something a little bit longer, so I have a little bit of a larger verse here. Its a friendship quote from the internet, there are so many of them too and this is about two inches by three inches and I corner around at that and I think I'll go ahead and sponge some red ink on that as well.

    So, I am going to open up that inkpad and just again, swipe my corners, just kind of drag it, you can get a little bit of ink on those words and thats okay, you'll still be able to read it and then turn that around. The ink dries pretty quickly when its a dye-based ink, so you dont have to worry about smudging anywhere. Next, go ahead and layer that on to the red panel, the first red panel and what you are going to do is you are going to stick that in the inside, so its going to hide the sticky strips. It fits right in there, because I measured it. You could also do another one and put it on the side, you can leave one blank and write a handwritten letter inside of it or just put your name inside, to and from or you can also put a photograph inside the lid if you want to. But, before you tape that down, you need to get some Grosgrain ribbon and you are going to lay that right inside on the sticky strips. So I am going to peel off the red piece that covers the sticky strip, sometimes it gets a little tricky and you can discard that, you dont need those.

    Well I havent found a use for them anyway, so I just tossed those out. You really cant see the tape, but its there and you are going to use the Grosgrain ribbon. Now, this is the chocolate Grosgrain ribbon, I just wanted to show you as an example and what I would do is just go ahead and measure your panels, kind of lay them out, how many you want to do, 2, 4, 6, or 8, just to measure how long you want that Grosgrain ribbon to be and then cut it. You are going to need two strips that are same.

    With this particularly project, I've got a taupe color, so I went ahead and cut that and I am going to just stick them right inside on the sticky strip. You want to bring them high like about maybe an inch or half inch off from the top. The main thing about the sticky strip, it will hold everything, but if you have to pick up your ribbon for any reason, you can just pull it and it will come right back up. So, you are going to get two of the ribbon tails, just coming right out there and then the next step is to take the card that you just made, the panel and stick that right on the inside and push it right down. So, this is what you have so far.